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some thoughts on Dell’s Linux move …

Posted by nixbert on March 29, 2007

While reading the DELL Ideas-In-action section one thing stuck me as little special.

Here’s the nugget – “Majority of survey respondents said that existing community-based support forums would meet their technical support needs for a tested and validated Linux operating system on a Dell system.

Well I also took part in the survey and I remember voting for the same as well. There are two things this could mean –

  1. Those who voted were mostly people who know their way around techy stuff and if necessary have the ability to seek information out and work on it.
  2. A case could be made that the ‘poll’ mobilised the open-source community and a significant number voted.

On the face of it, above means that Dell is looking at a niche market and sales could be lower than anticipated.

In any case I am fully expecting the Linux-Dell to be priced a little more than similarly spec-ed windows box even though Linux is ‘free’. This because, a number of vendors like Norton, McAfee, AOL etc etc indirectly subsidised windows box by paying Dell to load trial versions of their softwares on machines shipped to home users. (I cannot believe any reasonable business would want any of that crapware on their machines). This obviously is not going to be case with a linux installation. However, I am not aware of ratio of business to home machines that Dell ships. So this impact could turn out to be minimal if this ratio is skewed towards the biz side.

In any case it is heartning to see Dell acting constructively on the inputs of the survey.

Power to the People!!


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